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Citation: Tao Jiang, Hongbo Liu, Honghui Huang, Jian Yang. Migration patterns and habitat use of the tapertail anchovy Coilia mystus in the Oujiang River Estuary and the Zhujiang River Estuary, China. ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA, 2019, 38(8): 35-40. doi: 10.1007/s13131-019-1436-0

2019, 38(8): 35-40. doi: 10.1007/s13131-019-1436-0

Migration patterns and habitat use of the tapertail anchovy Coilia mystus in the Oujiang River Estuary and the Zhujiang River Estuary, China

1.  Key Laboratory of Fishery Ecological Environment Assessment and Research Conservation in Middle and Lower Reaches of the Yangtze River, Freshwater Fisheries Research Center, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Wuxi 214081, China
2.  South China Sea Fishery Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Guangzhou 510300, China

Corresponding author: Jian Yang, jiany@ffrc.cn

Received Date: 2018-03-22
Web Publishing Date: 2019-08-01

Fund Project: The China Central Governmental Research Institutional Basic Special Research Project from Public Welfare Fund under contract No. 2016PT01; the Open Project for Key Laboratory of South China Sea Fishery Research Exploitation & Utilization of Ministry of Agriculture under contract No. FREU2015-07; the Central Public-interest Scientific Institution Based Research Fund, Freshwater Fisheries Research Center, CAFS under contract No. 2017JBFR02; the National Natural Science Foundation of China under contract No. 31602159; the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China under contract No. BK20160204.

Habitat use of the tapertail anchovy (Coilia mystus Linnaeus, 1758) from the Oujiang River Estuary and the Zhujiang (Pearl) River Estuary was studied by examining the environmental signatures of Sr and Ca in otoliths using electron probe microanalysis. Individuals from the Oujiang River had higher and varied Sr:Ca ratios (expressed as (Sr:Ca)×1 000, 3.83–13.0 average) in the otolith core regions, suggesting that they were born in brackish or sea waters, and that a freshwater habitat might not be necessary for egg hatching and larval growth. While, individuals from the Zhujiang River had lower Sr:Ca ratios (0.39–2.51 average) in the core regions, suggesting a freshwater origin. After hatching, anchovies from the Zhujiang River migrate downstream to the river estuary close to brackish water. Our results demonstrated varied habitat use for spawning during stages of early life history between the two populations, and suggested that such variations are promoting diversity of life history strategies of this species.

Key words: Coilia mystus , Oujiang River Estuary , Zhujiang (Pearl) River Estuary , habitat use , otolith microchemistry

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Migration patterns and habitat use of the tapertail anchovy Coilia mystus in the Oujiang River Estuary and the Zhujiang River Estuary, China

Tao Jiang, Hongbo Liu, Honghui Huang, Jian Yang